Tintoretto exhibition: the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great artist

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Tintoretto exhibition in Venice!
A few months ago, as soon as I found out that Venice was preparing to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Tintoretto with two exhibitions, I soon mentioned the event in the post Exhibitions in Venice 2018: all the unmissable events, and I couldn’t wait for the opening of the exhibition.

In the most gorgeous Venice I’ve ever seen, I immersed myself in two exhibitions illustrating the life of Tintoretto through his most beautiful works.

In this post I’ll tell you what I saw and why to go to Venice to discover Tintoretto.

Tintoretto exhibition: two exhibitions for a great event in Venice

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Strong personality and his own boss, Jacopo Robusti, known as Tintoretto, was the forerunner of the Baroque painting, and 2019 will mark the 500th anniversary of his birth. An anniversary that Venice has decided to celebrate with two exhibitions and many initiatives.

From September 7th 2018 to January 6th 2019 the great masterpieces of the Venetian artist will be on display at the Gallerie dell’Accademia and at the Doge’s Palace in Venice, to look deeper into all the aspects of the life of this painter we can consider the last great artist of the Renaissance.


The young Tintoretto will be the protagonist at the Gallerie dell’Accademia.
His beginnings and his early success are described in an itinerary showing 60 works, which correspond to the first ten years of his working life.
The period from 1538 to1548 is characterized by a rich phase of experimentation, and looking at the works, on display in chronological order, you will understand Tintoretto’s artistic training.

The works are divided into 4 sections, that like chapters of a biography tell the personal life of an artist who painting by painting masters the light, the shadow and the colour up to the great masterpiece of “The Miracle of the Slave”, painted in 1548 and which confirms Tintoretto’s definitive success.

The exhibition at the Doge’s Palace, instead, will show 50 autograph paintings and 20 drawings to describe the most fruitful period of Tintoretto’s art, from 1519 to 1594 (the year of his death).
It’s the phase in which the artist paints great masterpieces such as the famous “Susanna and the Elders” (1577) on loan from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and “Judith and Holofernes” (1552-1555) on loan from the Prado Museum in Madrid.
Following Tintoretto’s artistic path will make you discover a visionary artist and a daring storyteller, who expressed himself through different genres: from religious subjects, to the great history paintings, from portraiture to profane and mythological themes.

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The exhibition is organized by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia (the Venice Civic Museums Foundation) and by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, which will host the second leg of this unique event in 2019.
In fact, for the first time in North America the complete works of Tintoretto will be put on display.


The young Tintoretto
:7 september 2018 – 6 january 2019
WHERE: Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

Tintoretto 1519-1594
WHEN: 7 september 2018 – 6 january 2019
WHERE: Doge’s Palace, Venice

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